Nissan to speculate $17.6 billion to ramp up electrical car providing

A Nissan electric concept car will be on display in the company’s showroom in Yokohama, Japan on November 29, 2021.

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Japanese automobile giant Nissan will invest 2 trillion yen (approximately $ 17.6 billion) over the next five years to accelerate the electrification of its product line.

Nissan announced on Monday that it would launch 23 new electrified models by 2030, 15 of which will be fully electric.

By the end of the decade, the company is aiming for a 50% electrification mix for its Nissan and Infiniti brands.

On the battery front, the company plans to launch all-solid-state batteries, or ASSB for short, by 2028. A pilot plant for ASSB in Yokohama, Japan, will be completed “in fiscal year 2024”, called Nissan.

In a speech outlining the plans, Nissan chief Makoto Uchida said his company is focused on ASSB’s internal development.

“This enables us to double the energy density compared to current lithium-ion batteries,” he said. “With smaller and thinner batteries, we can offer a flexible layout with more dynamic performance and expand it to larger segments like pickup trucks.”

Nissan is one of several well-known companies pursuing an electrification strategy. In March, Volvo Cars announced a “Full Electric Car Company” by 2030. Elsewhere, BMW Group By 2030, at least 50% of deliveries should be fully electric vehicles.

It comes at a time when major economies around the world are trying to reduce the environmental footprint of transport.

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The UK, for example, wants to stop sales of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2030. From 2035, all new cars and vans will have to have zero tailpipe emissions.

Elsewhere, the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, aims to reduce CO2 emissions from cars and vans by 100% by 2035.

Earlier this month, signatories of a statement at the COP26 climate summit said they will “work in leading markets by 2040 and no later than 2035 to ensure that all sales of new cars and vans worldwide are emission-free”.

While the US, China and the automakers including Volkswagen, Toyota and Nissan were absent from the statement, signatories included the governments of the United Kingdom, India and Canada, and automobile companies such as ford, General Motors and Volvo cars.

Speaking to CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick on Monday morning, Nissan’s Uchida said his company must be “equipped and ready.” [for] how the market for … electrification will develop. “

While charging, Uchida emphasized the importance of collaboration. “We don’t just concentrate [at] … Nissan but also in the alliance [on] how we can further … contribute to building the infrastructure with regard to the charging stations. “

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is an automotive alliance founded in 1999. Mitsubishi joined the strategic partnership in 2016.

Nissan 240Z Roars With Honda-Model DOHC Head

The Nissan 240Z is an automotive legend that combines design for the ages with driving fun and a growling Inline 6. Of course, this engine has a little less power these days compared to modern sports cars. Motor swaps are popular with the platform, but some feel it detracts a little too much from the car’s original feel. However, enthusiasts now have another option – a Honda K20-style DOHC head for the original Nissan L-series engine. built as a collaboration between Datsunworks and Z Car Garage.

As seen on Youtube, the engine gives a wonderful howl and flies with a tearing, tearing noise through the speed range that means business. The example shown was factory-fitted with individual throttle valves, electronic fuel injection and paired with a six-speed change for optimal power distribution. How much electricity, you ask? Early in the tuning, the combination of the Datsunworks KN20 head with a Rebello 3.2L L-Series block produced 350 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque at the 91 octane wheels.

The engine runs impressively quiet and is tuned for roadworthiness at full power. The exhaust note is convincing. The naturally aspirated roar with double overhead cams is reminiscent of other ultra-modern performance engines of the 80s and 90s. Close your eyes and you can practically hear the engine breathing and swallowing buckets of oxygen as it speeds down the street.

The history of the KN20 head goes back to 2014, when Datsunworks founder Derek Minetti developed the concept over the years and posted it on the HybridZ forums along the way. The design came about after a discussion of what it would take to produce a double overhead cam head for the L-series engine. After looking at Nissan’s own RB and KA engines, the Honda K20 eventually served as the model for the design. No wonder considering the power of the K-Series engine. We even saw one end up in a Prius.

Since it comes stock with features like roller rockers and detachable cam towers, plus great aftermarket parts availability, it made perfect sense to match the K20 head design with the L-series block. After measuring a K20 and found the basic concept to be compatible, Derek set out to develop the KN20 head from scratch. Seven years later we can enjoy the music of this sonorous exhaust. So far 10 heads have been made, 3 of them in running cars. On the track, Z Car Garage is hoping to offer the head as a bolt-in setup for L-series engines.

A powerful naturally aspirated in-line six is ​​a great way to preserve the character of the original Z-cars. A head swap is also much more accessible than a complete engine swap. While the custom castings and construction certainly don’t come cheap, Neither do vintage Nissan sports cars. We just hope that one day we’ll see and hear one in person.

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